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Why Running Barefoot Might Be Better for You

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spread_run_s2It seems almost intuitive that when you head out the door for a jog, one of your most important pieces of “equipment” is a pair of shoes. Not so, according to a growing number of runners who say shoes not only encourage poor running form; they also actually increase the number of injuries a runner will endure over time.

The Denver Post tuned in to the conversation yesterday, talking with various doctors who (surprisingly) offer differing opinions on the merits of shoeless running.

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The idea isn’t new; people from all over the world have been running barefoot for generations without many injuries. Christopher McDougall wrote a feature on the subject for 5280 in May, chronicling the ancient methods of Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians, who can run hundreds of miles barefoot, usually into advanced age. McDougall published a book on the subject, “Born to Run,” earlier this summer.

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